With the game scoreless at halftime and both offenses struggling to score, the Edison High School football team changed the momentum of the game on its opening drive of the second half against Monroe.
The Eagles drove 63 yards in just six plays to take a 6-0 lead on Dan Lordi’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Aqeel Daniels.
It was a lead Edison never relinquished as they went on to defeat Monroe, 12-10, in the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division game on Friday night.
“Both defenses were playing very good,” Edison coach Matt Fulham said. “Our kids dug down deep, pulled out a score on a big pass play on third down, and I tell you, it was a total team effort by our kids and it really made a difference in the game.”
Monroe (3-2) cut the lead in half on its second drive of the half, 6-3, on Ryan Schreiber’s 30 yard field goal on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
Edison (1-3) would go up by two scores with 6:11 to play, 12-3, on Jordan Dunn’s 30 yard touchdown run (PAT blocked) off tackle to the right side.
“Everybody just stuck on their blocks and we finally dug deep and stayed on them,” said Dunn, who rushed for 55 yards on eight carries to lead Edison on the ground.
Monroe would fail on fourth down from the Edison 30 on its next drive, turning the ball over on downs, before cutting its deficit to 12-10 with 1:18 left following an Edison three-and-out on Alex Rivera’s one-yard plunge.
The Falcons would attempt a well-executed on sides kick, but Edison’s Kyle-Boyer Tucker came up with the key recovery for his team as the Eagles ran out the clock by getting a first down and securing their first victory of the season.
“We shot ourselves in the foot quite a bit and (Edison) played better than we did today,” Monroe coach Chris Beagan said.
Edison held Monroe’s no-huddle offense in check to only 90 yards rushing, as the Falcons were led by Rivera’s 80 yards on 16 carries.
“The good thing is we run a very similar offense so our kids were used to practicing against it all summer, so we kind of knew the reads and I think that kind of helped our kids understand what was going on,” Fulham said.